The Seagull

Anton Chekhov
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- Idea for a story. A beautiful young girl lives by a lake all her life. She loves this lake. She's happy and free, like that bird was once. Then a man comes along and for no reason at all... what do you think he does?

- He destroys her.
A story about how we make stories, a story about unrequited love, The Seagull is one of the great plays of the modern era. Chekhov explores emotion and creativity with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet.

John Donnelly's version of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull premiered in a Headlong and The Nuffield, Southampton co-production, in association with Derby Playhouse. The play opened in April 2013, followed by a UK tour.

  • About Anton Chekhov

    Anton Chekhov, Russian dramatist and short-story writer, was born in 1860, the son of a grocer and the grandson of a serf. After graduating in medicine from Moscow University in 1884, he began to make his name in the theatre with the one-act comedies The Bear, The Proposal and The Wedding. His earliest full-length plays, Ivanov (1887) and The Wood Demon (1889), were not successful, and The Seagull, produced in 1896, was a failure until a triumphant revival by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898. This was followed by Uncle Vanya (1899), Three Sisters (1901) and The Cherry Orchard (1904), shortly after the production of which Chekhov died. The first English translations of his plays were performed within five years of his death.

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  • Translated By: John Donnelly

    John Donnelly's plays include Bone (Royal Court Theatre), Corporate Rock (Nabokov/Latitude Festival), Conversation #1 (The Factory/V&A/Latitude Festival/SGP), Songs of Grace and Redemption (Liminal Theatre/Theatre 503), Encourage the Others (Almeida Lab), Burning Bird (Synergy/Unicorn Theatre), a version of Chekhov's The Seagull (Headlong), The Knowledge (Bush) and, most recently, The Pass (Royal Court Theatre).

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